York County schools hit record-low for COVID-19 transmissions

Erin Bamer
York Dispatch

Along with the rest of York County, local schools have seen massive drops in COVID-19 transmission and logged a record-low level of infections this week. 

York County's 16 public school districts combined added just 10 new cases Friday, and recorded 148 total cases this week — the lowest number of cases recorded in a single week all school year. 

Local schools are coming off a major spike in COVID-19 transmissions driven by the omicron variant. Just one month ago, districts added nearly 1,300 new cases in a single week, shattering their previous weekly record. 

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Since the start of the pandemic, York County has recorded 117,012 cases and 1,427 deaths, according to the state Department of Health. That includes 101 new cases and four new deaths recorded since Thursday.

Hospitalizations have also been steadily declining across York County. According to state data, county hospitals had 79 COVID-19 patients as of Friday. Of those, 19 adults were in the ICU, and 14 were on ventilators.

About 54% of York County residents are fully vaccinated, according to the state. That figure is 75% statewide. Twenty-five percent of York County residents have received a booster shot.

The nation’s leading health officials said Wednesday that the U.S. is moving closer to the point that COVID-19 is no longer a “constant crisis," according to an Associated Press report

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said during a White House briefing that the government is contemplating a change to its mask guidance in the coming weeks.

Noting recent declines in COVID-19 cases, hospital admissions and deaths, she acknowledged “people are so eager” for health officials to ease masking rules and other measures designed to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

“We all share the same goal – to get to a point where COVID-19 is no longer disrupting our daily lives, a time when it won’t be a constant crisis – rather something we can prevent, protect against, and treat,” Walensky said.

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York County has the second-highest daily cases per capita among its neighboring counties, with 27 daily cases per 100,000 people, according to The New York Times. Cumberland County is slightly higher with 30 daily cases per capita. 

However, York County is also seeing a decreasing rate of new cases, at a level on par with its immediate neighbors.

  • York County: 69% decrease in cases over the last 14 days
  • Lancaster County: 65% decrease in cases over the last 14 days
  • Adams County: 72% decrease in cases over the last 14 days
  • Cumberland County: 60% decrease in cases over the last 14 days
  • Dauphin County: 62% decrease in cases over the last 14 days
  • Philadelphia: 53% decrease in cases over the last 14 days
  • New York City: 66% decrease in cases over the last 14 days

Pennsylvania has recorded 2,738,475 COVID-19 cases and 42,686 deaths so far over the course of the pandemic, according to the state Department of Health.